A sheriff’s deputy says a man will not face charges after he wrecked his pickup truck on Old Owenton Road Monday afternoon.
Residents at the scene told The State Journal they believed the driver was under the influence when he crashed – pointing to a syringe and a spoon lying a few feet from the truck.
But Deputy Mark Watkins said the items appeared unused, and the driver, 53-year-old Robert Moore of Frankfort, behaved normally.
“I don’t think he was under the influence,” Watkins said this morning. “We don’t have any plans to charge him with anything.”
The accident happened around 2:30 p.m. when Moore dropped off the shoulder and lost control of his Ford Ranger, Watkins said. He overcorrected twice before the truck flipped and landed in the yard of Troy Dews, who said he was working in his backyard when he heard the crash.
Neighbor Margaret Shelton-Charles rushed to the scene, along with two utility workers who were hanging fiber optic line along the road. The three worked to pull Moore from the pickup and called 911.
Shelton-Charles estimated the driver might have been traveling 100 mph before the crash. She and other neighbors on the scene said cars frequently speed, and Dews said this is the third wreck in his front yard.
“We have little kids out here playing all the time,” Shelton-Charles said. “My daughter plays around here when she gets home from school – if this had happened a few minutes later, she could have been killed.”
About 30 minutes after the wreck, a school bus pulled up outside Shelton-Charles’ house, and her daughter stepped out.
Watkins said he doesn’t know how fast Moore was driving, but said he drove through about three yards and knocked over a mailbox and the pole from a road sign.
He was transported to the hospital and treated for minor injuries, Watkins said.